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Democrat Cathy Breen Wins Maine Senate Seat After All

A.J. Higgins

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Maine Senate candidate who thought she'd won on Election Night only to be told she'd lost a recount has won the District 25 race after all.

Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn said Wednesday that 21 ballots were accidentally counted twice during the recount that favored Republican Cathy Manchester. That means Democrat Cathy Breen of Falmouth was the winner.

Manchester, who's from Gray, thanked a special legislative committee for getting to the bottom of the matter on Tuesday and said she intended to resign.

Democrats had raised concerns about election fraud because 21 ballots cast for Manchester in Long Island that were found in the recount didn't match the number of counted voters on Election Day.

The full Senate must formally confirm Breen as the winner.